The 2019 School Choice Guidebook: Three Practical Uses for Government Officials

For far too long, too many elected officials have discredited the importance of school choice programs and their beneficiaries by relying on tired talking points planted by special interest organizations.

But amongst the public, the misconceptions about private school choice continues to decline due to the growing array of school options, the number of students in these programs, and the power their parents have to advocate for them.

With this paradigm shift it has become increasingly important to provide government officials with accurate and timely information regarding choice programs, so that they can support what’s in the best interest of parents.

The 2019 School Choice Guidebook outlines the 55 private school choice programs in 26 states that serve more than 500,000 students.

Understanding the facts about school choice, and the intricacies of choice programs that serve more than half a million children today, should be paramount to any policymaker involved in matters related to K-12 education. We hope the 2019 Guidebook will help make that possible.

As the 2020 elections near, the 2019 School Choice Guidebook will be an invaluable resource to candidates, elected officials, staffers, and advocates as they prepare and execute their education agenda. Before new programs are formulated, modified, or expanded, they should review the data and consider the implications.

Ways to use the school choice guidebook:

  1. To Craft Speeches

The School Choice Guidebook will give you information needed to understand school choice programs.

  1. To Plan a Visit

Use the School Choice Guidebook to determine which state program to visit. I recommend visiting a school in Florida or Wisconsin.

  1. To Craft Legislation

The school choice guidebook will show you what has worked and what hasn’t. Model your state programs after programs that have seen success.